How to keep Dell Latitude power supplies from dying?
January 27, 2009 10:04 AM Subscribe
O, the carnage! Is there anything I can do to prolong the lifespan of a Dell Latitude's power brick/AC adapter?
My library has 55 Dell laptops that we check out to students. Recently, it seems like the power supplies (power brick + plug) have been dying with a surprising frequency. Is there anything I can do to stem the genocide?
We have checked the library's power outlets and there have been no strangeness or surges or the like.
It seems to be the brick itself that fails. I can detach the part that plugs into the wall, hook up up to a working brick, and it works fine.
Power supplies are stored in milk crates, wrapped with the included rubber strap, when not in use. They are not piled deeply or wrapped super tightly - that's what killed the vast variety of cords that we had previously and I drilled it into my student employees' brains to treat the power supplies with care.
While the power supplies are still under warranty, getting them replaced in a huge pain involving long waits on hold and a flurry of shipping labels.
Our laptops are used pretty heavily, so I am hoping that there is something we can do to help prolong the lifespan of these power supplies - currently I'm replacing roughly 3-5 a week!